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Chinese Man Arrested In The U.S. As A Spy - 

A Chinese national who served in the U.S. Army Reserve is accused of recruiting spies for China.

Federal prosecutors say 27-year-old Ji Chaoqun came to the U.S. in 2013 on a visa allowing him to earn a master's degree in electrical engineering in Chicago. A criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday accuses him of sending information about eight potential spy recruits to Chinese state security officers in 2015.

The complaint says, despite those alleged contacts, he was able to enlist in the U.S. Army Reserve in 2016. Chaoqun faces 10 years in prison if convicted. 

Source: CNN


Trial For Officer Who Shot Laquan McDonald Continues -

 The trial of Jason Van Dyke is entering its sixth day.

The defense will continue to present their case today in the murder trial of the Chicago police officer. Van Dyke is charged in the deadly shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014. His legal team presented a computer animation yesterday re-creating the shooting of McDonald from Van Dyke's perspective.

The animation shows the teen advancing toward Van Dyke before he was shot, but no aggressive action. So far 24 prosecution witnesses have testified and six for the defense.

Source: Chicago Tribune


Flooding Expected Today In South Carolina, Due To Florence - 

Today could be a significant one for those dealing with the threat of flooding in South Carolina. Some local waterways in Horry and Georgetown counties are expected to crest today. Conditions are looking so bad that flooding could leave parts of Georgetown County under water by the end of the week.

The National Weather Service predicts the little Pee Dee River, which is above major flood stage, and Waccamaw River, which is at a record stage of 22 feet, will overflow their banks, and thousands of residents have been urged to evacuate.

A county official says the flooding could be worse than Hurricane Matthew two years ago, but worries some residents aren't taking it seriously.

 Source: Accuweather


KAVANAUGH HEARING: Arizona Prosecutor Tapped to Ask Questions

Republican senators have opted not to question Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who's accused him of sexually assault. Instead, they'll bring in a prosecutor from Arizona to do the work on Thursday.

Rachel Mitchell is the sex crimes bureau chief for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office in Phoenix. She'll be the one asking questions to Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley said in a statement, "The goal is to de-politicize the process and get to the truth, instead of grandstanding and giving senators an opportunity to launch their presidential campaigns."

Source: The Washington Post


China Blocks U.S. Ship From Docking In Hong Kong -

 China is blocking a U.S. Navy ship from docking in Hong Kong as it feuds with Washington over recent military sanctions.

U.S. officials say a Navy warship with over a thousand sailors was scheduled to dock in Hong Kong next month. Recently, China also withdrew from a high-level meeting between top U.S. and Chinese naval commanders. The moves come after U.S. sanctions were imposed on the Chinese military after it bought weapons from Russian arms dealers.

Adding to the feud, the U.S. yesterday moved forward with its approval of a 330-million-dollar arms sale to Taiwan.

A U.S. ship was also denied port entry to Hong Kong in 2016, but that was about a boundary issue.

Source: Reuters


Lifestyle

Two Woman Are About To Call An NFL Game - Get ready for the glass ceiling to shatter tomorrow night.

Thursday night's NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Rams will make history. It is the first NFL game to feature two women as the primary broadcasters. Veteran journalists Hannah Stormand Andrea Kremer will cover the game for Amazon Prime.

This week's matchup of two top NFC contenders is the first of 11 games Storm and Kremer are calling for Amazon Prime this season. ESPN's Beth Mowins was the first woman to call a nationally-televised NFL game last year on a Monday Night Football broadcast.

It’s fitting that Kremer be chosen for this task. She has covered more than 25 Super Bowls and was awarded an award by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Storm is an anchor on ESPN's SportsCenter. In addition to being on Amazon Prime the game will also be broadcast on Fox with an all-male announcing team.

See the game on Amazon Prime Video. 

Source: Fox Business


Twitter Is Set To Ban “Dehumanizing” Speech - 

Twitter is the latest social media platform to try and balance free speech with protection from abuse.

It’s a fine line, but the micro-blogging site has opted to ban dehumanizing speech. Before it gets implemented later this year, the public will be able to give formal feedback that will actually get read.

The biggest change to Twitter’s policy is the post doesn’t have to have a direct target. Twitter defines dehumanizing speech as “describing other people in ways that deny or diminish their humanity,” like comparing them to insects, demons, or bacteria.

Enforcing the rules are going to be the toughest part of the rules change. Too broad of a definition will make statements like “politicians are all corrupt” be banned.

Stay tuned! This could get interesting.

Source: Wired


SPORTS

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